|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1859|
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 1882|
Born in Clackamas County in Oregon Territory 6 days before it became the state of Oregon. Amelia "Ida" Lesley was the only daughter of Martin Clinton Lesley and Clarissa (Perry) Minkler Lesley and only sister of Jasper Newton Lesley. She disappeared to her family for approximately 130 years (1878-2008) until found on FIndAGrave in December 2007.
AMELIA IDA MADE THE MISTAKE OF GETTING INVOLVED WITH ABIGAIL SCOTT DUNIWAY (famous Oregon suffragette) AND HER SON HUBERT:
Amelia was living with her parents in Pleasant Hill, Yamhill County, Oregon in the 1860 census and Hubert was living in Lafayette, Yamhill County, Oregon in the 1860 census. Perhaps their mothers knew each other from their days in Yamhill County as Amelia "Ida" is in the Duniway household in the 1880 census in Portland, Oregon, and probably had lived with the Duniway family from at least 1876 when Amelia was 17 years old. According to "Rebel for Rights" by Ruth Barnes Moynihan, Abigail Scott Duniway took in girls from the country and likely this is how "Ida" came to live with the Duniway family. Hubert and "Ida" had been involved and Abigail had tried to break it up but Amelia "Ida" became pregnant and Abigail whisked the couple off to San Francisco. Charlie Duniway was born in San Francisco, California in April 1878, when Amelia "Ida" Lesley and Hubert Duniway were both 19 years old and 3 years prior to Ida's marriage to Hubert Ray Duniway son of Abigail Scott (A.S.) Duniway and Benjamin Charles (B.C.) Duniway (referred to on Charlie Duniway's headstone). Charlie died at the age of 3 months only a week after his grandmother, Abigail Scott Duniway, brought him back to Oregon "by ship" (the steamer ship "Great Republic") from San Francisco where he had been born in secret. Abigail reported in Duniway's "New Northwest" "Editorial Correspondence" of 1 August 1878 that Charlie was a "precious little orphaned waif" (which was a lie) and that he had died from the effects of the journey on the ship. I ask "Why would a grandmother bring her infant grandchild on a ship when she could not feed him?" According to Rebel for Rights, Abigail believed that women who had children out of wedlock and children born out of wedlock had mental problems and should be given drugs to put them to sleep. Did Abigail do this to Charlie and to Ida? There is a good chance that she did. On Charlie's tombstone it says that he was adopted but it's highly unlikely that he was adopted. Abigail did not want it known that Charlie was her son Hubert Duniway's child by "Ida" whom he was not married to as Ida was considered "simple" and not good enough for her son. Reference the book "Rebel for Rights, Abigail Scott Duniway" by Ruth Barnes Moynihan, Chapter 7, Pages 116 and 127. Hubert and Ida were married 17 Nov 1881 after another trist (according to "Rebel for Rights"). Amelia "Ida" (Lesley) Duniway "supposedly" died of TB in 1882 while her husband Hubert was already engaged to another woman before Ida's death. Ida was buried beside her son, Charlie Duniway, in a cemetery removed from the Duniways in Portland, probably in the hopes that no one would remember or know who they were.
Martin Clinton Lesley (1831 - 1906)
Clarissa Perry Lesley (1822 - 1905)
Hubert Ray Duniway (1859 - 1938)
Charlie Duniway (1878 - 1878)*
Mary Lucinda Minkler Boone (1840 - 1878)**
Daniel (Barnabas Minkler) Perry (1842 - 1908)**
Sarah Jane Minkler Jenks (1847 - 1930)**
Julia Minkler Clapshaw (1852 - 1933)**
Clarrissa Minkler Franklin (1853 - 1919)**
Jasper Newton Lesley (1856 - 1929)*
Amelia Ida Lesley Duniway (1859 - 1882)
The 1860 Pleasant Valley, Yamhill County, Oregon, Federal Census has Amelia Lesley as age 2 so her birth year may have been 1857 or 1858.
Mountain View Memorial Gardens
Plot: Lot 88, Grave 3
Maintained by: Pam R.
Originally Created by: Tracy Turner
Record added: Dec 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23343802